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Wary Congress Eyes Fresh Sanctions Against Iran

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pauses during a press conference at the end of the Iranian nuclear talks in Geneva, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Jason Reed, Pool) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pauses during a press conference at the end of the Iranian nuclear talks in Geneva, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Jason Reed, Pool)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wary of Iran's nuclear intentions, senators are predicting a bipartisan push for fresh penalties and increased leverage against Tehran despite administration opposition.

Lawmakers were also waiting to hear directly from Secretary of State John Kerry about the latest round of talks that failed to produce a deal.

Kerry has tried to reassure skeptical members of Congress after negotiations in Geneva between Iran and Western powers stalled.

He told NBC that U.S. experts are engaged in the talks.

"We are not blind, and I don't think we're stupid," he said. 

Republican Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee said the Senate's Democratic leadership had called off a Senate Banking Committee session this coming week to examine proposed sanctions.

Corker says Kerry will be on Capitol Hill to brief lawmakers about Iran.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

 

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